Volume 38 , Number 5February 23, 2018

CEO/Superintendent’s Message:
GCPS prepares to implement
Phase 2 of Compensation System

Need-to-know highlights of this story:
In fall of 2017, GCPS implemented a Performance-based Salary Schedule for teachers, Phase 1 of the Performance-Based Teacher Compensation System.
The district is preparing for implementation of Phase 2, Performance-Based Awards for teachers.
Beginning in the fall of 2019, more than 3,000 of our top teachers— at each school and across the district— will be recognized annually with a monetary award.
Information can be found on the district's Compensation web page.
Additional details will be released in March.

In the fall of 2017, we successfully implemented Phase 1 of the new system, which created a Performance-Based Salary Schedule for teachers and certified support staff. It outlines in a clear, consistent way how teachers advance on the salary schedule, taking into account the degrees you hold but, most importantly, tying advancement to effectiveness in the classroom. Only teachers who earn a rating of Proficient or higher on the TAPS evaluation move to the next step, ending the practice of all teachers being treated the same, regardless of individual performance.

J. Alvin Wilbanks
The transition to the Performance-Based Salary Schedule went smoothly as we made sure no teacher experienced a salary decrease when it took effect. I believe you saw value in the new salary schedule and that is why it has been well received.

Now we stand ready to implement Phase 2 of the Performance-Based Teacher Compensation System. That is the subject of this message… introducing you to the district’s plans for rewarding our highest-performing teachers. This is the culmination of more than a year of diligent study and intentional effort to develop a model of Performance-Based Awards that is fair and allows as many teachers as possible to be eligible for an award based on great work in the classroom. Exceptional teachers will have a chance to receive an award above and beyond what is earned on the salary schedule, but no teacher will be paid less as a result of those awards.

As you consider the components of the Performance-Based Awards, I ask you to keep a few things in mind. First is why we ventured down this road. The Gwinnett County Board of Education and I know that intelligent, skillful, talented teachers are needed in every classroom in our schools. That’s what every child deserves. To help us attract and retain teachers of such quality, we want to offer them a chance to be rewarded for doing outstanding work. Beginning in the fall of 2019, more than 3,000 of our top teachers— at each school and across the district— will be recognized annually with a monetary award.

The second thing I ask you to consider is this. We are confident that we have developed a sound, fair method for determining which teachers receive a Performance-Based Award. Throughout the development process, we listened to the ideas and concerns of teachers, principals, assistant principals, and district leaders. Your feedback led us to consider many options as we continuously worked to improve our initial plans. I would not say we have devised a “perfect” model for determining the Performance-Based Awards, but it is the best we’ve seen anywhere, and we will continue to refine it. For now, however, we cannot let the desire for perfection keep us from doing something remarkable that could forever change how teachers are compensated— not only in Gwinnett, but also in our state, and perhaps the nation.

Lastly, the Performance-Based Awards spring from beliefs the Board of Education and I have held for years. We believe there are great teachers in every school in the district who deserve to be celebrated. Rewarding outstanding teachers will help us with teacher recruitment, retention, and morale, all of which impact student achievement. And we believe that incentivizing top performance in every school will go a long way in helping us improve the education we provide across the district.

What we are doing in the area of teacher compensation is revolutionary… and few districts have the capacity to do revolutionary work. I believe we can in Gwinnett County Public Schools because we have great teachers and leaders who are not afraid to give such an innovative idea a try, and a chance to succeed. We will continue to make improvements to our compensation system as we implement it in the years ahead. But we must start sometime, and now is the time.

We are rolling out Phase 2 of our compensation system with boldness and confidence in the framework we’ve developed, and with gratitude for your willingness to move forward with us. Together, we are launching a promising new way to attract, reward, and retain the finest teachers for Gwinnett County Public Schools. I am proud of the work that has been done and what it will mean for the hardworking teachers who give their all to ensure excellent teaching and learning occurs for the children in their classrooms every day.

More information will be coming to you in March as we prepare for the Phase 2 roll out. Moving forward, the Board and I thank you for continuing to be part of the conversation that will help make our Performance-Based Awards model the best it can be for the finest teachers in the profession— the teachers of Gwinnett County Public Schools.

CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks

Learn more about Phase 2
In the Compensation section of the GCPS website, staff members can find FAQs about the Performance-Based Awards and other related resources. Additional information about the metrics for determining the award winners will be available later in March.

Watch Mr. Wilbanks' message about Phase 2 on GCPS TV.

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District schools awarded climate and financial efficiency star ratings
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
Under CCRPI, the state awards star ratings to schools in two areas-- School Climate and Financial Efficiency.
Most schools (82%) earned a 4- to 5-star Climate rating (out of 5 stars) for 2016-17.
The 2016-17 school year is the first for schools to earn Financial Efficiency stars.
A total of 89 schools earned a rating of 4 or better in Financial Efficiency.
GCPS has earned a star rating of 4.5 for each of the last three fiscal years in Financial Efficiency.

Under the Georgia Department of Education’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), schools are awarded star ratings in two areas— school climate and financial efficiency— using a five-star scale. Ratings range from a half-star to five stars.

School Climate Rating
The School Climate rating takes into account discipline and attendance data as well as perceptions of the quality and character of the school and its learning environment. Factors include attendance rates for both students and staff members, the rates of suspensions and expulsions and other discipline data, and measures of safe and substance-free schools. Five stars represent an excellent school climate while one star represents a school climate most in need of improvement. For the 2016–17 school year, 82% of Gwinnett schools (including 97% of our middle schools) earned a Climate rating of 4 or 5 stars, an increase of 2 percentage points compared to 2015–16 ratings. Ten schools posted an increase in their star rating over the previous year while 100 GCPS schools maintained the same star rating.

Financial Efficiency Rating
The Financial Efficiency rating is a measure that compares a school’s expenditures per student to the academic performance of its students. The district rating is calculated using three-year averages of spending and CCRPI scores. To earn five stars, a school would need to post a high CCRPI (90 or higher) and low spending (below the 20th percentile of average per pupil expenditure). Conversely, a school with high spending and a low CCRPI would earn just half a star. District ratings were first released for fiscal year 2015, with school-level ratings out for the first time for fiscal year 2017 (based on the 2016–17 school year). GCPS has earned a star rating of 4.5 for each of the last three fiscal years. For FY2017, the district posted an average CCRPI of 82.0 and was in the 10th percentile for spending. In the school ratings for 2016–17, 15 Gwinnett schools earned 5 stars for Financial Efficiency. A group of 41 schools posted a 4.5, while 33 earned 4. Twenty-five schools had a 3.5, with nine posting a 3. The remaining ratings were nine earning a 2.5, one earning a 2, and two earning a .5.
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BOE approves resolution for
GO bond referendum on May 22 ballot

Need-to-know highlights of this story:
The BOE is calling for a General Obligation (GO) Bond referendum to be placed on the May 22 ballot in conjunction with the General Primary Election.
Voters will decide if the Board can issue up to $350 million in GO bonds.
Capital improvements, technology improvements, and transportation acquisitions are listed on the resolution.

At its Dec. 21 meeting the Gwinnett County Board of Education authorized the superintendent to begin the processes necessary for calling an election for qualified voters in Gwinnett County to consider a General Obligation (GO) Bond referendum question. At its Feb. 8 meeting, the Board adopted a resolution calling for the measure to be placed on the May 22 ballot in conjunction with the General Primary Election. Voters will weigh in on the question of whether to authorize the Board of Education to issue GO bonds, not to exceed a principal amount of $350 million, for the capital purposes stated in the resolution. Among the projects listed in the resolution are a new high school in the Mill Creek Cluster; the build-out of Discovery HS; renovations to Central Gwinnett HS’ Fine Arts areas; a number of systemwide capital improvements, including high school athletic facility improvements, upgrades to labs and instructional spaces at middle and high schools, and artificial turf for athletic stadiums; the acquisition of school buses and other transportation vehicles; and technology improvements.
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Principals approved by Board at February meeting
The following principal appointments were announced during February:
New Position
Previous Position
Bryce C. Fulcher

Principal, Lanier MS
Assistant Principal, Pinckneyville MS
Brian Walker

Principal, Mountain Park ES
Assistant Principal, Craig ES

Mr. Fulcher takes on the principalship of Lanier with the retirement of Todd Hamilton. The retirement of Penny Clavijo prompts Dr. Allan Gee’s move to Rock Springs ES, opening the leadership position at Mountain Park.
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Students have window to earn credit
by testing out of EOC courses

Need-to-know highlights of this story:
Students are required to participate in EOCs to earn credit for designated courses.
While most students do participate in EOCs, students also may demonstrate subject-area competency by “testing out” of any course that has an EOC.
To test out and earn credit, a student must take the EOC before taking the course and score in the Distinguished performance level.
March 2 is the deadline for students to register to test out of an EOC course, with tests administered March 12-23.

Gwinnett students are required to participate in state-mandated Milestones End of Course (EOC) assessments to earn credit for eight designated high school courses, two courses in each of the four core academic areas. While the vast majority of students do participate in EOCs, a student also may demonstrate subject-area competency by “testing out” of any course that has an EOC. A student who chooses to test out has just one opportunity to take the EOC, and the option is available only before taking the course. To earn credit for the course, the student must score in the Distinguished performance level. Students who do not reach this top performance level when attempting to test out must enroll in and complete the associated course and retake the EOC even if the student makes a passing score on the assessment during the test-out attempt. At this time, a student may earn no more than three credits by testing out. Eligible students must have earned a B or higher in the subject area, never attempted the course, and have parent permission and a teacher recommendation. The registration period for testing out of an EOC course runs through March 2, with the tests administered March 12–23. A fee of $53 covers the cost of administering each test but is reimbursed to students who score at the Distinguished level. Registration is handled through www.mypaymentsplus.com.
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District makes plans for summer
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
ES and MS summer classes are set for June 11-29.
HS students and rising 9th graders have two options for summer classes--online and in face-to-face classes.
HS classes will run June 11 to July 3.
During Tuesdays and Thursday in July, all schools will have designated hours for registering new students.
Schools will observe a four-day week from Monday, July 2, to Friday, July 20.
Schools with high poverty rates are eligible to offer the Seamless Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program. Students who qualify for the program will be notified by local schools.

It may be February, but district and school leaders already are looking ahead to summer plans. Here are some need-to-know dates and important information about summer in Gwinnett.

ES and MS Summer School
Dates for ES and MS Summer School are
June 11–29 on a Monday-Friday schedule. Students in grades 3–8 who do not meet promotion requirements may have the opportunity to attend summer school for targeted instruction. New this year, ES summer school will be provided in two separate sessions each day— one for language arts and one for mathematics. Depending on their needs, students will be recommended for one or both of the sessions. Middle schools also will hold a.m. and p.m. sessions, addressing the four core academic areas.

HS Summer School
High school students looking to make up a class or get ahead can take summer classes through Gwinnett Online Campus or the district’s face-to-face summer program.

Online Summer School— Now open, online registration continues through June 3. The official first day of class is June 11, with PE requiring an earlier pre-test. All finals will be completed by July 3.

Face-to-Face Summer School— Summer face-to-face classes, running June 11 to July 3, will be offered at Discovery HS, Mountain View HS, and South Gwinnett HS. Registration opens online on March 15 and is available through June 4. In-person registration will be held at Discovery on June 4.

Summer classes for both online and face-to-face will run Monday through Friday. Online registration for both program is handled at www.mypaymentsplus.com. Health and PE classes are open to rising 9th graders. The cost for each one-semester class is $250 for current GCPS students, with a $500 fee for block courses worth two semesters of credit. Summer graduation is set for July 5.

Summer Registration Campaign
Ready. Set. Register!
In an effort to ensure new students are present and engaged in learning from the first day of school, GCPS is launching a coordinated summer registration campaign. All schools will be open to register students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during July— July 10, July 12, July 17, July 19, July 24, and July 26. Scheduled hours will be determined at a later date.

Summer Hours
Local schools will observe a four-day week during July— from Monday, July 2, to Friday, July 20, returning to a normal Monday-to-Friday schedule on July 23. Schools will be closed on the following Fridays: July 6, July 13, and July 20. On Wednesday, July 4, all schools and locations will be closed for the Independence Day holiday. The four-day week affects all programs at the local school, including enrichment camps and other activities. The energy-saving schedule saves money as thermostats are set warmer for the three-day weekends, and lights are switched off. Affected employees will work a modified schedule or use vacation time and work a shorter week under the schedule.

Seamless Summer SNP Program
Fighting childhood hunger is a year-round battle. During the summer months, food insecurity continues for students who qualify for free or reduced (FRL) cafeteria meals during the school year. Schools with a 50% or higher FRL rate are eligible to offer the Seamless Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program. Participating schools will be determined at a later date and those students who qualify for the program will be notified by local schools.
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2018–19 contracts out in March
for teachers, administrative staff

Need-to-know highlights of this story:
Employment contracts for 2018–19 school year for teachers and administrative staff will be issued via the Employee Portal in March.
Employees have 10 days to accept their contacts.
A certificated employee who has accepted a contract of employment for 2018–19 may not resign after June 1 without breaching his or her contract, unless there is mutual agreement between the employee and the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

The district will issue employment contracts for the 2018–19 school year for teachers and administrative staff during the month of March. Contracts will be electronically distributed via the Employee Portal for all returning staff who have been recommended to receive a contract. Employees accepting their contracts must electronically sign and submit their contract within 10 days of receipt. Employees are now able to access and sign their contract on-the-go, through a handheld or mobile device.

If a certificated employee who signs a contract for the 2018–19 school year wishes to be released from that contract after signing, he or she must submit that request to the school principal no later than June 1, 2018. A certificated employee who has accepted a contract of employment for 2018–19 may not resign after June 1 without breaching his or her contract, unless there is mutual agreement between the employee and the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Requests for release received after June 1 will be considered only in circumstances beyond the employee’s control or in an emergency situation. A written request, including any supporting documentation, must be submitted by postal mail service to Dr. Linda Anderson, associate superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Management. The address is 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Suwanee, GA 30024-2978.
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Transfer request process for eligible staff underway
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
The Placement Preference Process for the 2018–19 school year has begun.
The deadline to submit a transfer request is March 5.
The process allows qualifying staff to request a lateral move to another location.

The Placement Preference Process for the 2018–19 school year is underway. Through this process, certified teachers and assistant principals may request a transfer to a different location for the next school year. For the purpose of this process, counselors, media specialists, and LSTCs are considered teachers.

The HR Placement Preference link in the Employee Portal was activated on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Transfer requests are for lateral moves only in terms of position and hours worked. For example, the process is used for those requesting a transfer from one teaching position to another teaching position, from a counseling position to a counseling position, or from one assistant principal position to an AP post at another school.

To be eligible for participation, teachers and assistant principals must have completed their third consecutive, complete, contractual year in their current school and current position. A certified teacher or assistant principal who transferred to the current location involuntarily also is eligible for participation. Staff members who are “part year,” on a Professional Development Plan, or retirees are not eligible to participate in the Placement Preference Process. The deadline for submitting a transfer request is March 5 at 5 p.m.
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Submit eligible expenses for FSA reimbursement by March 31
If you incurred expenses during the 2017 calendar year that are reimbursable through your Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA), or had expenses covered by GCPS’ dental or vision plans during the plan year, the deadline to file a claim is drawing near. You have until March 31 to file claims for your 2017 eligible expenses. Claim forms for FSA, Dental, and Vision plans can be found in the online Employee Benefits Center. You also may contact the Benefits team via email at benefits@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or on Lotus Notes at Benefits.
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Encourage teacher friends to register for March 17 Job Fair
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
GCPS will hold a Certified Teacher Job Fair on March 17 at Infinite Energy Center.
The fair is by invitation only for certified teachers in specific fields.
Applicants must complete the online application process and register to attend the fair.
Registering to attend the fair does not guarantee an interview.

If you have friends and family who are certified to teach (or will be certified by the summer), let them know about an upcoming opportunity to join the Gwinnett teaching corps! Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a Certified Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

The fair is by invitation only for those who are certified (or will be by July of 2018) in the following fields: Mathematics (4–8 and 6–12), Science (4–8 and 6–12), Special Education (P–12) in all areas, Career and Technical Education, Dual Language Immersion, Foreign Language (French and Spanish, 6–12), and Speech-Language Pathology, and other certification areas, including English/Language Arts (4–8 and 6–12), Engineering, Health Occupations, Elementary (all grades), and Middle Grades (all content areas).

Once an applicant is registered at gcpsjobs.org, files are reviewed and interviews will be extended based upon file completion. Registering to attend the fair does not guarantee an interview. Those selected for an interview will receive an email confirmation. Point potential GCPS teachers to these frequently asked questions to learn more about teaching in Gwinnett.
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Perfect Attendance:
Delivering on The Promise of Gwinnett every day

Need-to-know highlights of this story:
A consistent presence in the classroom is a foundational premise to student success
More than 300 teachers had perfect attendance during the 2016-17 school year.
Gwin Oaks ES, Five Forks MS, and Mill Creek HS had the highest attendance rates by level, with Gwin Oaks ES earning the Superintendent’s Cup for the overall highest attendance rate for the year.

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) celebrates our educators and the work they do to deliver on The Promise of Gwinnett! We know that what happens each and every day in the classroom helps our students to fulfill their promise. That is one reason why
GCPS salutes its teachers who had perfect attendance for the 2016–17 school year.
GCPS created a Teacher Attendance Recognition Program to recognize teachers who have perfect attendance each school year. In 2016–17, more than 300 Gwinnett teachers met the perfect attendance criteria. This group of dedicated educators was recognized at the February 2018 meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. As part of the Teacher Attendance Recognition Program, the school district also honored the schools that had the highest attendance rates last school year. The level winners are Gwin Oaks ES; Five Forks MS; and Mill Creek HS. The school with the overall highest attendance rate for the year also earned the Superintendent’s Cup... and the winner for 2016–17 is Gwin Oaks ES! GCPS salutes these teachers and realizes that their consistent presence in the classroom is a foundational premise to student success. No question about it... They deliver on The Promise of Gwinnett every day, making a difference in the lives of students!

Alcova ES
Brooke Jordan
Laura Leopard
Michelle Powell

Alford ES
Jenna Kim

Archer HS
Joel Bridges
Chad Deal
Rachel Diamond
Brian Lane
Tiffany Myers
David Nelson
Matt Orenstein

Baggett ES
Anjela Bowers

Baldwin ES
Sonam Ranani
Christi Spence
Whitney Williams

Bay Creek MS
Tina Boles
Tamar Housen

Benefield ES
Rebekah Barton
Anita DeNicola

Berkeley Lake ES
Rosario Madison
Alison Pennington

Berkmar HS
Anthandus Beauford
JuJuan Lashon Brown
Tildon Chavers
Ricardo Farfan
Krista Freeman
Liliana Gomez
William Jacks
Mariela Medina
Thomas Menya
Donyale Miller
Trevan Moore
Christopher Pae
Michael Pietras
James Pinyan
Tony Sellers
Terry Williams
Sean Renhart Young

Berkmar MS
Shawna Desrosiers
Kathryn Shirley

Bethesda ES
Aileen Espinol

The BRIDGE at Northbrook Center
Lois Palmer

Britt ES
Robin McCormick
Tom McNeill
Angela Moss

Brookwood HS
Ashlee Conti
Joe Cox
Brett Huckle
Angie McLane
Benjie McLane
Dan Miller
Deanna Morrison
Greg Puckett
Laura Stanley
Kathryn Wilson

Burnette ES
Jennifer Branch
Cindy Ho

Camp Creek ES
Anna Marie Daniel

Centerville ES
Elizabeth Staden
Dara Williams

Central Gwinnett HS
Daniel Boykin
Christopher Compton
Gary Garvin

Chesney ES
Paige Bright
Puja Mathur

Collins Hill HS
James Allred
Kristopher Daniels
Brian Harmon
Danny Harrison
Andrew Hudson
Mara Levine
Nancy Supper

Corley ES
Dion Corn
Jason Huttinga
Jamie Nobles

Craig ES
Vickie Rowe
Ashley Thomas

Creekland MS
Robert Grunduski
Eric Bernard Shaw

Crews MS
Rod Hames
Kathryn Mannes
Elizabeth McClam

Dacula ES
Nicole Briggs

Dacula HS
John Bailey
Colleen Foy
Andrea Marchese
Cherie McAdams

Dacula MS
Beth Wall
Ashley Wilson Wells
Discovery HS
Christopher Cooper
Delicia Fellers
Clement Lajeunesse
Brian Moler

Division of Curriculum and Instructional Support
Lindsey Brown
Melissa Huneycutt
Stacy Leanne McKibben
Brooke Newton
Terri Weatherly

Duluth HS
Tammy Glaser
Steven Hsia
Lori Scienza
April Tate

Duluth MS
Harriet Staley

Duncan Creek ES
Marie Abreu
Dyer ES
Deborah Moock

Ferguson ES
Sara Janda

Five Forks MS
Matthew Duncan

Fort Daniel ES
Lisa Hoffman

GIVE Center East
Stephanie Harris Reed
Leslie Bowen Retchko

GIVE Center West
Chi Hui Young

Graves ES
Pat Rainer
Jeffrey Alan Stephens

Grayson HS
Rebekah Blitz Bullock
Matt Neal
Collette Tucker

Gwinnett Online Campus
Ursula Jones
Kristen Marie Moore
Gregory Pritchard
Melissa Amir Smith
Kristin Sokol

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Patricia L. Caldwell
Anisio Dos Santos
Kenny Patterson
Rhonda Rackley

Harris ES
Inna Arroyo
Jedonia Cooper
Jenaya Shaw-Robinson

Head ES
Andrea Brannen
Kristy Hale

Hull MS
Dana Holmes
Tommy Malcom
Ivy Creek ES
Chandler Teasley

Jackson ES
Michele Ladouceur
Riley Newman

Jenkins ES
Kimberly Cox
Chris Fendley
Maximus Iwuchukwu
Diane Russo

Kanoheda ES
Sharon Atkinson
Christina Goodwin
Mildred Mills
Dana Scott
Joyce Kinsey-Stringer
Barbara Walling

Knight ES
Peter Rozboril

Lanier HS
Tyler Henry

Lanier MS
Annie Park
William Ragsdale
James Rogers
Inna York

Lilburn ES
Dee Anderson
Amy Cauble
Woranooch Hollomon

Lilburn MS
Shane Lata Allen
Pasha Clark
Michael Doyne
Muu Nguyen

Lovin ES
Gerin Hennebaul
Catherine Kelly

McConnell MS
Cornel Boderas
Amanda Edwards
Matt Miner

Meadowcreek ES

Meadowcreek HS
Zonya Barfield
Barbara Caldwell
Jason Carrera
Jennifer Ann Clarke
Leslie Dunham
Desmond Edwards
Bryant Harrison
Jose Helena
Pintu Thaker

Mill Creek HS
Craig Brisson
Dale Buff
Avery Cantrell
Laurel Christopher
Lois Daymude
Elizabeth Floyd
Neal Harris
Richard Lanier Moore
Mary Morris
Santosh Sharma
Brooks Witter
Rhonda Zambo

Minor ES
Jennifer Gerke
Lisa Maness
Erin Pelletier

Moore MS
Vikas Darji

Mountain View HS
Ricky Aspinwall
Mike Cason
Elaine Gouge
Joseph Saluzzi

Norcross ES
Doreen Connell
Lauren Elizabeth Dennis
Shefali Desai

Norcross HS
Leronda Bakari
Samantha Brockman
Youree Choi
Rick Donahue
Ryan Ermers
Lauren Hagey
Keith Maloof
Ariel Thompson

North Gwinnett HS
Diane Acker
Jessica Ames
Randy Black
Andrea deVarona
Whitley Greene
Lucelandia Hassell
Lisa Heinz
Brittany Ivester
Mark Kapral
Zachary Luna
Heather Stanfield
Lonnie White
Forrest Wood

North Gwinnett MS
Kelli Boudreaux
Carol Edge
Moana King
Paula Taft Ray

Northbrook MS
Jamie Savoie

Norton ES
Darren Boyce
Teellia Rice

Parkview HS
Will Bonnett
Michelle Bowden
George Brennen
Heidi Cooley
Laura Kimbro
Craig McKenzie
Keith Toda
Layton Walker
Mark Whitley

Parsons ES
Kate Osemwengie

Peachtree ES
Beth Ann Gazzo
Rebecca Johnson
Michael Senf
Dorothy Swindle

Peachtree Ridge HS
Tyler Botts
Martin Coe
Margaret Crook
Nelson Dean
Shannon Donaldson
Robert Douglas
George He
Gary Hughes
Joseph Marinelli
Patrick McClanahan
Andy Pasarilla
Mary Rutland
Ashley Veljovic

Phoenix HS
Mark Stern

Pinckneyville MS
Migdalia Delpin-Vazquez
Jami Friedrich

Richards MS
Sunita Balic
Grace Lawson
Venita Ida Ogletree

Rock Springs ES
Lori Steele

Rockbridge ES
Sabrena Hawkins
Kathy Raines

Rosebud ES
Connie Squires

Shiloh HS
Jessica Driver
Johnthan Gordon
Kayla Louise Heath
Patrick Norton
Casey Ramel-Hoeksema
Matt Rooks
Jonathan Snooks
Cameron Spahn
Daniel Spiegel
Vincent Tran
Angela Williams
Julie M. Wood

Shiloh MS
Jamarla Bess
Judy Block
Nicole Emrick
Ramona Grullart
James O’Neil
Charlotte Smith

Simonton ES
Taylor Shaun Thomas

Snellville MS
Robin Butler
Jonathan Kerr
Jackie Thompson

South Gwinnett HS
Shawn Carter
Justin Character
Willmer Gonzalez
Natasha Jordan
Wanda Loggins
Pete McCurley
Seema Rawat
Jennifer H. Reynolds

Starling ES
Melissa M. Smith

Stripling ES
Beverly Jackson-Russell
Sophia Kim

Sugar Hill ES
Tooran Zolghadr

Summerour MS
Nautami Patel Sheth

Suwanee ES
Medina Kovacevic

Sweetwater MS
Varney Haynes
Kenneth Hood
Antoine Shade
Sylvester Lemon Walker

Trickum MS
Stephen Cochran
Jeff Schaefer
Whitney Tinley

Trip ES
Tiffany Anne Wagner

Twin Rivers MS
Natalie Mattson
Scott Terman
Michael Louis Tripp
Sandy Wise

White Oak ES
Melissa Fuentes

Winn Holt ES
Jessica Gamel
Melissa Latsch

Woodward Mill ES
Jennifer Alden
Sheryl Johnston

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During Tax Time, beware of tax-related scams
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
During tax Time, scammers may use emails, texts, or social media to gain access to personal or financial information.
Be alert for suspicious requests and do not click on links or download information.
If you receive a suspicious email on your GCPS email, forward it to the Phishing Spam mailbox vis Lotus Notes. Remember to delete the suspect email from your in box, sent folder, and trash folder.

As Tax Time approaches— Tax Day is April 17 this year— the number of tax-related scams continue to rise. Criminals may pose as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a tax accounting service, such as TurboTax or H&R Block, in order to gain access to personal information and steal your tax refund.

What should you look out for?
Be on alert for anyone asking you for personal or financial information via emails, phone calls, letters, social media accounts, and even text messages. The IRS will not initiate contact with you via email, text message, or social media. They will not threaten or demand immediate payment. Beware of websites claiming to be the IRS or other tax-related sites. Don’t click on links or download information contained in a suspicious email or post. When providing your personal information on a website, look for the lock icon beside the URL as this symbol indicates that the website owner has secured the site and your information can be safely sent.

What should you do if you receive a suspicious email requesting personal or financial data?
Do not reply or click on any links. Don’t download attachments as they might contain malware that could infect your computer or smartphone. Forward any suspicious emails sent to your GCPS email inbox to the Lotus Notes “Phishing Spam” mailbox (phishingspam@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) and then delete the email from your in box, sent, and trash folders. Whether received through your personal email or your GCPS email, suspicious IRS-related email should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov. Learn more about IRS scams on the IRS website.
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Deadlines approach for scholarships for staff
Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association (GCREA) Scholarships: The association serving the district’s retired teachers will award two $1,500 GCREA scholarships to GCPS educators currently accepted into an accredited graduate program. Academic ability and financial need will be reviewed, but the overriding criteria will be the applicant’s sincere intention to remain in the field of education. Find an application online. Mail your completed application to Scholarship Chair Gloria James, 945 Bramlett Shoals Rd., Lawrenceville, GA, 30045. Applications must be postmarked by March 19. Recipients will be notified by April 9 and will be invited to attend the GCREA meeting on April 20 for the presentation of the scholarship. For additional information, contact Ms. James at 404-556-5892 or send an email to overbrook@mindspring.com.

Peach State Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) Scholarships: GCPS staffers may apply for one of 23 Career Advancement Scholarships offered by Peach State Federal Credit Union in recognition of education as a lifelong experience. Applicants must be Credit Union members in good standing and enrolled in an accredited program at a college, university, or technical institute with the goal of career advancement. Find an application on the PSFCU website or at any branch. Apply for one of the $2,000 scholarships by March 16. Send applications to Peach State Federal Credit Union, Attention: Scholarship Committee, 1505 Lakes Parkway, Suite 100, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Recipients will be named by the end of April.
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EB Bulletin Board

What's new on the bulletin board?
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
Check out Bulletin Board items with the latest on.. DLI registration, the 2018 Tapestry art exhibit, Transition Fair, recent online Communiquéstories, the next Spotlight, upcoming voter registration deadline, registration details, retirement reminder, JA volunteer opportunities, the latest from GCPS TV, flu news, Perks, and commute alternatives

DLI registration opens March 1… Families of rising kindergartners interested in GCPS’ Dual Language Immersion program at eight schools—Spanish at Annistown, Baldwin, Bethesda, Camp Creek, Ivy Creek, Level Creek, and Meadowcreek elementary schools and French at Trip ES— can learn more on the district website. Registration for the
2018–19 school year opens
March 1 and runs through through May 10 at 4 p.m. (Families also must register at the school to which their child is zoned.) The schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone. Out-of-zone families must provide transportation.
Experience Tapestry 2018! If you’re going to be up at the ISC in the next few weeks, do yourself a favor. Set aside some time to visit the largest student art exhibit in the state… Tapestry 2018! Gwinnett County has a thriving arts scene in our local schools with a host of award-winning student artists and state and nationally recognized fine arts teachers. Through March 19, Tapestry visitors have the opportunity to see colorful and creative work that demonstrates students’ mastery of the AKS curriculum in the arts. Throughout the three-week event, the ISC’s lobby area is transformed into an art gallery with rotating exhibits filled with paintings, drawings, three-dimensional art, mixed media, pottery, and jewelry, all created by Gwinnett students. Tapestry is open to the public during business hours on exhibit days and designated weekend hours (7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays).
Event to help special education students make transition after high school… On March 3, Peachtree Ridge HS will host GCPS’ 12th annual Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. Set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will provide information about community services and resources for young people who have disabilities and may need assistance as they transition to adulthood. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives regarding various options available for school-aged students as well as transitional services to post-school activities and employment. Breakout sessions will cover topics including employment and vocational training, day programs, recreation and leisure, funding, and community resources. An Orientation Session will begin at 9 a.m. The school is located at 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. Call 678-301-7121 with questions.
And, find the latest from Communiqué… Communiqué is the district’s digital magazine, sporting new content every day or two. Recent and upcoming posts include a celebration of counselors, kudos for national and state awards, feature on a project that encourages kindness and one that promotes positive behavior, a special New Year celebration, photo galleries, news on summer school and kindergarten registration, videos from around the county, plus calendar updates, dates and deadlines on the Bulletin Board, and the latest episode of In5ive. Story ideas? Great photos? Feedback? Let us know at communique@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
Something to celebrate?Share your good news with your colleagues in Spotlight. If you have earned a state or national award, earned a degree, made a presentation, or had work published, send the information to the Spotlight mailbox via Lotus Notes, or to the Communication and Media Relations Department through the courier. Submissions for the next issue are due March 6. Check out the winter issue of Spotlight.
You can't vote if you're not registered… If you want to participate in the upcoming May 22 Primary but haven't yet registered to vote, you have an upcoming deadline to keep an eye on. April 24 is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary. The 2018 election season kicks off toward the end of the school year when Georgians will vote on ballot measures and determine which candidates will meet in the General Election on Nov. 6 for statewide and local offices. Submit a voter registration application online or by mail. County residents can call the Gwinnett County Office of Elections at 678-226-7210 with questions. Log on to My Voting Page (MVP) for registration status, mail-in application and ballot status, poll locations, information on absentee voting, rules related to change of address, and more.
2018-19 registration continues for some schools and programs… Some reminders about remaining registration dates and information sessions:
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC): GOC accepts registrations through the end of February. An informational meeting is planned for Feb. 28.
Maxwell HS of Technology: Registration is ongoing, with an Open House for interested students on March 1.
Grayson HS Technical Education Program: Registration continues.
North Metro Academy of Performing Arts: Enrollment for new students is available.
Make plans if retirement is on the horizon… If you plan to retire this summer, you have just a few weeks to complete paperwork to ensure prompt first payments from the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia or Public School Employees Retirement System. Contact Retirement Services at 678-301-6267 or 678-301-6269 to schedule an appointment with a retirement counselor. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., at locations in Suwanee and Lawrenceville.
Be a JA volunteer!… The Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center at Gwinnett is open for business! Staffed by JA volunteers-- including parents and community members-- the center provides GCPS 6th and 8th graders with hands-on experiences in day-long simulations to explore the work world and personal finance. Volunteers receive training (and a Chik-fil-A lunch) during their shift, which typically runs 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Potential volunteers can check the Volunteer Hub for available dates. Note that dates marked (Gwin) are for the GCPS center located on the campus of Discovery HS in Lawrenceville. Share this opportunity with friends and family or consider volunteering yourself. Contact Kyle Redner by email at kredner@georgia.ja.org to learn more.
Find latest Focus Moments on GCPS TV… These are just a few of the recent videos from GCPS TV:
— Graves ES welcome the Lion King: Cast members from the touring theatrical company of "The Lion King" inspired and were inspired by Graves ES students.
— Recent kudos for staff: GCPS TV celebrated recent award winners, including 2017 state counseling winners, the district's 2017 media clerk and school library advocate, and 2018 GCPS counseling honorees.
— Flag presentation to BOE: Learn what's so special about a flag presented to the Board by one of our school resource officers.
— Digital Learning Days: Revisit our recent Digital Learning Days.
— Latin American Cultural Museum Walk: Take a tour of Spanish-speaking countries with DLI students from Baldwin ES.
The flu is still going strong… Flu activity is widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will continue for weeks to come. If you haven't gotten your flu shot, it's not too late! While the flu vaccine has not proven to be 100% effective, the CDC says it does offer some protection and those who get the flu may have a milder case. For more on seasonal flu, check out news and information from the CDC and find resources about infection prevention, flu preparedness, and more on the Health and Wellness page on the GCPS website.
Put ‘GCPS Perks’ at your fingertips with Foundation app… Thanks to the Foundation’s mobile app, GCPS employees have easy access to employee perks and discounts via their smartphone! Perks include special offers and discounts from local and national businesses. With the app, users also can make a donation, purchase event tickets, catch up on Foundation news, and contact the Foundation team. Download the app today for your iOS or Android device.
Check out Georgia Commute Options… Sign up for Georgia Commute Options programs, find carpool partners, and log your commute trips to earn cash and win prizes online. On the Commute Options website, you can:
Find out how much you’re spending on your commute by using Georgia Commute Options Commute Calculator.
Manage everything, from ride-matching to incentives;
Use easy “drag and drop” features to log your commute;
Set text or e-mail log reminders for any day of the week and any time;
Set alerts via text or e-mail when new carpool or vanpool matches become available;
Check current enrollment status in any of the Georgia Commute Options incentive programs;
Find Park and Ride locations and transit routes in the Atlanta region; and
View or share public pages through Facebook or Twitter log-in.

A mobile-friendly version of the system is available so users can log commute trips on the go. Go to the website to learn how to improve the way you get to and from work. If you have any questions, call 1-877-9-GA-OPTIONS.

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